Go Down in History
Theme-wise, this slot machine is up there with some of the best adventure slots in the business. Anyone who is familiar with the story of Leonidas will know just how brave and courages the warrior king was, leading only 300 Spartan men into battle against an army of invading Persians in the Battle of Thermopylae. So, you can expect to find a lot of adrenaline filled action as you spin the reels with symbols that depict proud Spartan soldiers and their weapons.
If we were to be critical, then it has to be said that the visual design isn’t as well accomplished as other video slots out there. The overarching colour scheme of the slot is a fiery orange, showing a hellish battle-scene as well as emulating the patriotic passion of the Spartan defenders. However, a few game symbols such as the helmet and sword icon are simply presented over plain and incongruous white backgrounds. In truth, this makes the game look a bit half-finished and detracts greatly from the overall aesthetic quality.
Lead the Way Leonidas
Leonidas: King of the Spartans doesn’t disappoint when it comes to bonus features. Leading the way is the warrior king himself, represented by a close up image of a soldier. There are two ways in which this special symbol can reward spinners. First of all, whenever the first two reels of the slot are filled with Leonidas symbols, the military general will stand up a draw his shield. The remaining reels will continue spinning with the potential for yet another stack of Leonidas icons to appear. If this happens then players can expect to receive a whole load of line win prizes.
The symbol can also grant random wins if six Leonidas icons arbitrarily drop onto the reels while they spin. This, again will reward a prize depending on how many symbols constitute the line win.
The Spoils of War
The brave Spartans who gave their lives in the Battle of Thermopylae did so out loyalty to their land, but you punters probably care more about money and riches than honour and glory. Well, do not fret, because there is some financial reward available with this adventurous slot machine, especially considering that all 40 paylines are fixed in place.
Therefore, spinners have plenty of potential winning combinations to find, the most lucrative of which would be five matched Leonidas icons paying a 250x line bet multiplier. Five gold plated soldiers offer a 150x line bet multiplier and the bear chested solider pays 100x. A row of five helmets makes for a prize worth 75x the value of the bet per line and five swords will pay out 60x. The least rewarding icons of all are the generic playing card symbols – A, K, Q, J, 10 and 9 – with any five of a kind sequence paying a 50x line bet prize.
There are only 5 wagering options to choose from, starting from as little as 40 (1 credit per line) and going up to 200 (5 credits per line). So, the maximum payout is a humble 1,250 credits for five Leonidas symbols with a maximum bet. However, remember that this icon tends to stack up on the reels, rewarding multiple line wins at once.
Let the Battle Commence
A wild symbol will help players complete those all-important win lines by substituting for all ordinary symbols, including Leonidas. However, this wild icon won’t replace his wife, Queen Gorgo of Sparta. That is because this symbol has its own special properties as a bonus triggering scatter. Find the Queen on both reels 3 and 5 on any spin and you will embark on the “Free Spin Battle”.
This isn’t just any round of free spins, because there are loads of special symbols involved to help players in the field of battle, such as a Spartan wild symbol which locks in place as well as a 2x Spartan wild icon which will double all wins that it helps to complete. What’s more, all Spartan soldiers that appear during free spins will be attacked with a barrage of arrows and if they survive the onslaught then they themselves will into locked wild symbols.
King of Slots?
Leonidas: King of the Spartans lives up to its epic origins with a great range of exciting bonus gameplay elements. However, the slot machine by Incredible Technologies is a little bit underwhelming in other aspects because in visual terms, the game feels incomplete and lazy while the payout schedule is far from glorious.